Strobes On A Moving Target

There are, actually, quite a lot of people like myself who enjoy photographing trains. There aren’t as many, however, who know what they’re doing. Then, there’s a rather exclusive group of people who use strobes to light trains at night. Popularized by a man by the name of O. Winston Link, using flash to light a moving train can be an interesting challenge. With a static subject, you can get a pretty good idea at what your lights are doing. In this case, however, you have to sort of guess and hope for the best. I won’t even go into the difficulty of framing a subject that isn’t there yet! I failed to be successful with seven trains between two nights, but just before 11 pm on last Sunday night, train P84 rolled through and I nailed it!

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New York Photo Trip

This past weekend, the PhotoPlus Expo was held in New York, NY. Many of the people from the photo department at my school attended, and we had a great time. Besides the expo, though, we wanted to explore New York. There weren’t really a whole lot of rules, so we just got together with our favorite people and had some fun. Being a fan of trains, many of my images were taken in and around the subways. I tried this time, however, to incorporate the human element of railroading. After all, that’s what the subways are for.

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Returning to my Hobby

For a long time, I’ve enjoyed hanging around the railroad tracks just watching trains go by. I grew up doing it, and it kind of just stuck with me. I knew that I had nothing important to do today, so I decided to use my free time to get back to what I love. The light this morning was lovely, and I returned to a location that I used to really enjoy, but hadn’t been to in quite some time. While standing around waiting, I met a nice old man who lived nearby. I had my scanner turned on to listen to the train crews talk, and the man I met said he remembered listening to airplane communications years ago. I caught five trains in the couple of hours that I was trackside, and this is my favorite shot from the set:

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Norfolk Southern train 128 passes Southern Film Extruders, Inc. just moments before meeting train 218 on its way north through High Point, North Carolina on October 18, 2013.